Concord Country Club Senior 60's & 70's Championships



The traditional Concord CC 60s tournament was expanded to include the 70s age category as well. Also, the mixed doubles was changed to mixed 65 from mixed 45.


Play commenced on Friday and the weather held off Saturday morning for a great weekend weather wise. Again, there was a large menís 60 singles draw, this year 23. The consolation singles, traditionally large, had 12. Menís 60 doubles had seven teams. The menís 70 singles had a 10 draw and 70 doubles had four, good for it being a first time age group at the tournament.


The womenís draws were small. There were three 60 doubles teams that played round-robin, two 60 singles and two 70 singles but no 70 doubles teams. The mixed 65 doubles drew six teams, a good showing.


There were many exciting matches. In the menís 60 singles, George Ulrich had a long three setter in the quarters in which he prevailed over 5th seed Peter Macpartland 1-6, 7-6, 6-3. George then lost to Rich Klaffky in the semis. Rich went on to the finals where he lost in another close one to Laurie Hammel, 6-1, 7-6. The consolation final was also very well played and did not finish until 4:30 on Sunday. Jeff Parker prevailed over Strickland Wheelock 6-4, 4-6, 10-2. Strickland had another three setter in the consolation semis over Yoshi Akabane.


The menís 60 doubles also saw some very close matches. John Fournier and Fred Lowe had a very tough first round against Pat Rossetti and Paul Ajemian winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. They went on to beat 2nd seeds Tommie George and George Ulrich 7-6, 6-3 but lost in the finals to 1st seeds Bruce Mahler and Bob Tilley 6-3, 6-2. Mahler and Tilley also did not have an easy time reaching the finals, winning the semis against Butch Guliza and Jeremiah Sullivan in two tiebreakers.


In the womenís 60 singles, Dorcas Miller defeated Rollie Ernst. In the womenís 60 doubles, Ruby Curtis and Carolyn Fournier (Johnís wife) won the round robin defeating Dorcas Miller and Arlene Deardorff who ended up second.


In the menís 70 singles, the finals featured a very close match with 1st seed George Lynch eking out a three set win over 2nd seed Ray Brodeur 2-6, 6-1, 7-6. Ray got his revenge in the doubles final as he and partner Ken Miller (Dorcasí husband) defeated George and his partner Mac Farmer 7-5, 6-4.


In the mixed 65 doubles, husband and wife team Hap and Carolyn Peelle won the championship defeating Ted Underwood and Linda Devinagracia in the finals 7-6, 6-1. There was also a 3-4 playoff with Annabelle Ambrose and Gerry Rothman defeating Priscilla Burlingham and Jim Hufford to gain 3rd place.


So Ė there was plenty of good tennis to watch and on Saturday afternoon you could do it with a cold beer or wine (or soft drink) and snacks while also talking tennis with your buddies. TD Nigel Bentley again ran a great tournament and there was good fun all around.


Some pictures from the tournament are below.


TD Nigel Bentley watching the matches determining who goes on next

60 singles champion Laury Hammel preparing to serve in the finals

6o singles champion Laury Hammel with finalist Rich Klaffky

Laury Hammel chatting up the women -- Dorcas Miller and Arlene Deardorff

Consolation 60 singles champion Jeff Parker with finalist Strickland Wheelock


60 doubles team Pat Rossetti and finalists Fred Lowe & John Fournier after the tough 3 setter

John Fournier and Fred Lowe resting -- they still look exhausted!

60 Doubles winners Bruce Mahler are also exhausted from hard matches!

70s singles finalist Ray Brodeur with champion George Lynch


Women's 60 doubles winners Carolyn Fournier & Ruby Curtis with finalists Arlene Deardorff & Dorcas Miller

70 doubles winners Ken Miller & Ray Brodeur with finalists George Lynch and Mac Farmer

Mixed 65 doubles champions Carolyn and Hap Peelle



Annabelle Ambrose, Priscilla Birmingham and Jim Hufford hanging out on the porch

Crowd hanging out watching good tennis. Do I see someone taking a snooze in the shade?????